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Br. Nick's Weekly Memo

WEEK of 20 MAY 2018


Sometimes we surprise ourselves. A student asks for help at an inconvenient time and our assistance changes his trajectory. We plan to teach a lesson one way then are inexplicably inspired to try something else. Someone in a difficult situation asks for our advice and we unexpectedly find the right words to help. Out of nowhere, we find the strength to forgive someone who has hurt us. The pain of loss is suddenly bearable. These are unexpected graces from the Holy Spirit which surprise us.


In faith, the first disciples waited as instructed for Jesus’ promised gift. While in prayer, the Holy Spirit filled them all. The timid group was abruptly transformed into fearless preachers proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior. Delasalle recognized the important of praying for gifts from the Holy Spirit. He wrote to the first teachers: “Earnestly ask Jesus that all your work be energized by his Spirit and draw all its power from Him” (Meditation 195.3). As we end the school year (likely drained and worn), let us have the confidence to ask God for the help of His Spirit.


Come Holy Spirit, take possession of our hearts and so guide our actions that we may be able to say that they are the work of your hands rather than ours and that our whole being in each of its functions is entirely dependent on your good pleasure. Blessed are they who live and act only by the Spirit of God for it is no longer they who live but Jesus Christ through his Holy Spirit, who lives in them.” (Prayer by Delasalle)



  •  The Holy Spirit to descend on our Cathedral community to fill us with faith and zeal;
  • In thanksgiving for all of the blessings of our graduation weekend;
  • Our students, parents and teachers during final exams;
  • In thanksgiving for those who served in our armed forces and for their families;
  • Our alumni who are graduating from college;
  • The needs of the members of the Class of 1968 and their families;
  • Pam Lopez as she begins her counseling internship;
  • In thanksgiving for our benefactors, friends, families and alumni;
  • Aaron Cobos, his family, and those who are caring for him at the Austin rehab center;
  • The community of Santa Fe High School and for those who are caring for them;
  • Our young men to consider a life of service to God’s people as a Brother, priest or deacon;
  • Those in need of healing; especially Manny Moreno ‘18; the sister of Mrs. Murphy; the mother of Mr. Tubbs; Brother Tom Gerow; Mima Sofia Higuera; Rosa Maria Sosa; alumnus John Armendariz; the mother of Jerome Elenez ’90; the Sepulveda family; alumnus Javier Olmos; the grandmother of senior Zach Powell; the father of Mrs. Martinez; and the father of alumnus Kevin Arreola;
  • The repose of the soul of Maria Rosario Narvaez, the maternal grandmother of Seth Brown ’10, and the consolation of her family;
  • The repose of the soul of the maternal grandfather of Ian Smith ’18 and the consolation of his family;
  • The repose of the soul of Brother Timothy Rapa, FSC, and the consolation of his family;
  • The Holy Spirit’s blessings on the search process for a principal;
  • The spiritual needs of our families; especially those encountering great difficulties.




Kudos goes to Mrs. Ulrickson and her amazing team for hosting the members from the Class of 1968. Thank you to Manny Aguilar’68 for being the liaison with the school. We’re grateful to Mrs. Martinez and  Ms. Garibay with her students for helping with the setup of the Guereca Auditorium and for serving as hosts to the Golden Graduates. The class members were deeply moved to be together again and touched by the school community’s welcome.


Congratulations to Esteban Ortiz ‘18 for being nominated by his peers and selected by the Brothers Community as the recipient of the Delasalle Award – the only one given at graduation. Mr. Ortiz was recognized for his generosity, helpful heart, and for living out his faith.


Thank you to Brother Rafael and Ms. Montoya for their hard work in preparing our Baccalaureate Mass at Saint Stephen’s Church on Friday night. We’re grateful to their staff for their wonderful hospitality as well as Father Ben Flores who celebrated the Mass. Thank you to the members of our liturgical choir and music group.


Congratulations to the hard-working team who organized the 2018 Commencement Exercise. Kudos to Mr. Ortigoza and Mrs. Schow for serving as Masters of Ceremony.  We are grateful to the many people who helped with the rehearsal and during the ceremony: Mr. Flores (the Master), Mr. Young, Ms. Valtier, Brother Rafael, Mr. Rincon, Mr. Alvarez, Brother Nick, and Mr. Lara. Thank you to our school superintendent, Steve Sanchez, for his presence as well as to Fr. Ben Flores, the Vicar General, for representing Bishop Seitz.


We’re very proud that CHS produces the best commencement program in the city. It lists all of the schools to which our students were accepted and the relatives of graduates who are alumni. Kudos goes to the committee who put it together and edited it: Mrs. Schow, Mr. Flores, Mrs. Martinez, Ms. Valtier, Mr. Ortigoza, Mr. Vazquez and Brother Nick.


We give thanks to God for the following students and staff who celebrate their birthdays this week:


  • Monday, 21 May: Daniel Rivera
  • Tuesday 22 May: Brother Mariano Lopez, Matthew Rodela, Alan Loya-Silva, Sebastian Yanez
  • Wednesday, 23 May: Julian Garcia, Pablo Licon
  • Thursday, 24 May: Mrs. Ulrickson, Emiliano Gomez, Andres Nevarez
  • Friday, 25 May: Mr. Estrada
  • Saturday, 26 May: Ms. Vega, Joseph Furlong, Samuel Garnica, Jaden Esparza, Pablo Correa




Online registration for returning students remains open for the 2018-19 academic year. Simply go to Parents can log on with their username and password. The District Code is CTD-TX. Please contact Mr. Vazquez ( if you need assistance.


Preliminary scheduling for next year was done last week with the registrar, Mr. Flores, and all students. Underclassmen identified preferences for electives and core courses. Students will not be scheduled; however, until they are registered.


We’ll be accepting used uniform donations throughout the summer. You’re welcome to drop off donations to the office. These will, in turn, be sold during two sale events during the summer. We’ll finalizing the dates this week.


Tuesday, 22 May, is the Run-off Election for El Paso County. Please remember to vote.


Final exams for periods 3, 2, 1 will be on Tuesday, 22 May. All exam periods are 90 minutes with two breaks in between. Pizza and donuts will be sold during the breaks. Students can bring their own lunch. Dismissal is at 1:30 PM.

  • Uniform dress code is in effect.


Final exams for periods 8, 7, 6 will be on Wednesday, 23 May. All exam periods are 90 minutes with two breaks in between. Pizza and donuts will be sold during the breaks. Students can bring their own lunch. Dismissal is at 1:30 PM.

  • Uniform dress code is in effect.


Final exams for periods 4/5 will be on Thursday, 24 May. The exam period is 90 minutes. Dismissal is at 9:45 AM. No food will be sold.

  • Uniform dress code is in effect.


Summer School Credit Recovery:  Live instruction will be done in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Religion I, II, III, and IV. Online credit recovery will be offered in the following: Biology, World History, English I, II, III, IV, Physics, American History, Spanish I, II, III, Economics, and World Geography. Mrs. Murphy ( is the point of contact for this program and will be sending out more materials soon.

  • The cost of each course is $300.00 and must paid before starting the course.
  • First semester credit recovery classes are from 04 June – 15 June.
  • Second semester credit recovery classes run from 18 June to 29 June.

CHS is forming a Scout troop thanks to the efforts of Leo Gutierrez ’89. The next meeting will be on Monday, 04 June, at 6:30 PM in the Vandenburg Library. The mission of this troop is to develop the character, values, personal growth and leadership in its members; hopefully to the rank of Eagle. Please  contact Leo Gutierrez ’89 at


Our Provincial has assigned Brother Paul-Andre Durham, FSC, to the Cathedral High School Brothers Community for the upcoming academic year. We hope that Brother Paul-Andre will teach Religion I. He brings four decades of experience in high school teaching. Mr. Rodriguez, our Brother Postulant, has been assigned to remain in El Paso for another year. He will now be addressed as Brother Rafael and wear the Brother’s black shirt. That brings the total number of Brothers working in the school to five; an enviable number for any school in the San Francisco New Orleans District! Please join us in giving thanks to God for this great blessing!





Homecoming 2018 will be on Friday, 28 September.

  • The day begins with the Irish Open Golf Tournament at the beautiful and challenging Fort Bliss Underwood Golf Course.
  • The day will conclude with the annual Alumni Tamalada from 7:00 to 11:30 PM at the Houghton MPB on the CHS campus.


The next Irish Run 5K will be on Sunday, 21 October 2018. Since it close to Halloween, the race will be called The Dead Man Run. (Costumes are encouraged!) Our student leaders will continue visiting potential race sponsors. If you are interested in being a sponsor or donate anything in-kind, please contact Brother Nick at